Category Archives: Middle East, North Africa and India

SPE Student Chapter NED University of Engineering and Technology Organizes Energy Awareness Week

SPE NED Student Chapter organized “Energy Awareness Week” from February 28 to March 5, 2011. Banners were displayed and flyers were distributed throughout the university to create general awareness amongst the students.

The poster advertising the event.

Over 400 students attended.  The event was sponsored by PPL, PSO, ENGRO CORP, KESC and SHELL.

Students signing in at the Attendance Desk.

The objectives were to:

  • Make students aware about their basic need of energy and better utilization of energy resources.
  • Encourage energy conservation.
  • Discuss the role of fossil fuels in the future and the idea that fossil fuel is only deteriorating the environment.

The program included a three day workshop with lectures by speakers from renowned organizations and was broken into several parts comprising of different activities and lectures.  A poster competition also took place.

The event was a success.

SPE Student Chapter Maharashtra Institute of Technology Holds Final Model Making Competition

The MIT Chapter held the final of “The Model Making Competition”.  The objective was to design tools to remove a fish stuck in the wellbore.  A total of 28 teams made up of second- and third-year students competed.  Each team had to explain the design and working of the tool they developed, and then remove the stuck fish within 10 minutes.  While many teams were successful in removing the stuck fish, some teams were not so lucky.  The fastest contestants were able to remove the fish in 49 seconds.

The judges were Mr. Sudeepto Bannerjee, a Reservoir Engineer at Maersk Oil and Mr. Mujeer Sheikh, a Drilling Engineer at Baker Hughes.

”It was a great experience. The students are getting exposure to the real time challenges faced in the petroleum industry” – Mr. Sheikh.

SPE Student Chapter University of Petroleum and Energy Studies Launches a Magazine


About 200 members of the UPES Chapter were fortunate to have Alain Labastie (2011 SPE president), Waleed Refray (SPE Managing Director – Middle East, North Africa and India) and Manav Kanwar (Secretary, SPE Indian Council) at the launch of their magazine “ENERGY ERA”. The visit also coincided with the UPES SPE FEST 2011.

The launch of the ENERGY ERA Magazine

The guests later planted saplings in the University campus as a symbol of environmental awareness, before attending a dinner hosted by the University and Section in honor of the SPE President.

The UPES team with Alain Labastie.

SPE President Alain Labastie visits Student Chapter PDPU

SPE 2011 President Alain Labastie gave a presentation to members of the PDPU Student Chapter on 24 January. He discussed:

·         the importance of the Petroleum Industry with respect to GHG emissions
·         the challenges that young petroleum graduates face in the workforce, and how to apply university education in the field
·         the different SPE fellowship programs on offer
·         continuing membership with SPE after graduation

All the students found the talk highly motivating.

Alain Labastie also judged a poster competition based on “Green Earth and Global Warming” and presented certificates to the winners.  Creativity, conceptual design and aesthetics were included in the judging categories.

SPE Student Chapter NED recruits new members

The SPE NED Student Chapter Orientation Program was arranged for freshmen students of the petroleum department.

A 90-minute presentation was delivered by Mr. Sami Toor and Mr. Faisal Anwar.  The presentation gave a background on SPE before focusing on the benefits of being a member of the student chapter.  The Chapter Officers were introduced, and the freshmen learned of the achievements of the chapter in previous years.

The session was a success, resulting in about 45 new members signing up for SPE and joining the NED Student Chapter.